From the starting winter term 2014/15 the Max-Weber-Center will have a series of new fellows and researchers.
As part of the project „Religious Individualizing in Historical Perspective“, directed by Professor Dr. Jörg Rüpke and Professor Dr. Martin Mulsow the following new fellows will join:
Professor Dr. Cristiana Facchini, Professor for the History of Christianity at the University of Bologna. She works on “Entangled Histories: Imagining and Performing Judaism in Christian Culture, Sixteenth to the Twentieth Centuries” focussing on the development of Judaism towards a modern religion and the construction of collective identities.
Professor Dr. Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Professor for the study of religion at the University of Aarhus. He works on philosophy and religion in antiquity and their mutual interaction.
Professor Dr. Anneke Mulder-Bakker of the University of Groningen studies female medieval religious laymovements, especially Lady Gertrude Rickeldey of Ortenberg (d. 1335) and Lady Heilke of Staufenberg (d. shortly after 1335).
Professor Dr. Rubina Raja, classical archaeology, University of Aarhus will work on "Lived Ancient Religion", especially on "Sanctuaries and societies in Hellenistic and Roman Syria: The cults and sanctuaries of the Tetrapolis".
Professor Dr. Michael Seidler of Western Kentucky University is a philosopher with a special interest in Samuel Pufendorf and natural law.
Dr. Dominik Fugger will work on „Northern paganism, entangled discourse and history in the early modern period“ and will be a (50%) replacement holder for the junior professorship in "Entangled History".
Dr. Paola von Wyss-Giacosa, Ethnologin of the Universität Zürich will take over the other 50% of this junior professorship and focus on „The devil in Asia. Wandering objects and a global history of religion“.
The early modern period is a research period of Professor Dr. Benjamin Steiner, who takes on a 50 % post for a temporary replacement of Professor Mulsow in the faculty of philosophy and 50 % as Fellow at the Max-Weber-Center in "Engineering Empire. Large Projects, Global Material Cultures and Local Identities in Early Modern Colonial Empires – The Case of the French Colonial Realm (1608-1804)”.
As part of the same research area, Dr. David Strecker of the University of Jena will join with his sociology project on slavery: „Im Schatten der Freiheit: Wie die Moderne die Sklaverei (nicht) abgeschafft hat und Unfreiheit reproduziert“.
Prof. Dr. Carsten Herrmann-Pillath works on economy and will focus on his bookproject „China‘s Economic Culture“.
PD Dr. Christoph Henning of St. Gallen works on "Sozialphilosophie der Entfremdung" and on an interdisciplinary project of normative implications of art as a profession ("Kreativität als Beruf").
Dr. Konstantin Akinsha, art historian from Bologna, focusses on the use of archetypes and religious art in Soviet photo-montage.
Professor Dr. Annette Weissenrieder, professor for New Testament at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, who together with Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer, Erfurt, collaborates on the edition of the Gospel of Luke for the "Vetus Latina" and develops further her work on the temple in the second century.
As part of the project „Lived Ancient Religion“, supported by an ERC-Grant, Dr. Roberto Alciati from the University of Turin, Professor Dr. Damien Nelis from Geneva and Dr. Jocelyn Nelis-Clément from Bordeaux will join the MWK.
New members of the Kolleg-project team will be Dr. Bernd-Christian Otto, Dr. Rahul Parson and Dr. Riccarda Suitner.
In addition, Dr. Urs Lindner works on “Gerechtigkeit als Vorzugsbehandlung. Affirmative Action in Indien, den USA und Deutschland“ and Benjamin Wilhelm on „How finance translates into labour – the case of capital requirements in the EU“.
There will also be new doctoral projects. Sabine Gabriel on „Die Bedeutung des Körpers aus individueller und gesellschaftlicher Perspektive. Eine ethnographische und biografische Studie von Berufstanzenden und Anorektiker*Innen“. Amrita Mondal on “An Inquiry into the Status and Impact of Land Rights of Women ‒ A Case Study of West Bengal, India”. Benjamin Sippel on „Alltags- und Sozialleben des Tempelpersonals im kaiserzeitlichen Fayum“, Louis-Philippe Vien on the „Decline of Parliaments“ and Csaba Szabó on„Sanctuaries of Roman Dacia ‒ preliminary contents“.